One thing that we need to remember is that nursery rhymes are not just for kids so that means the nursery rhyme activities shouldn’t be just for kids either. The good news is that most of the nursery rhyme activities that are available to do require both children and adults to work together to create, which means that adults can get into these activities just as well as kids can.
Here are some nursery rhyme activities that adults can get into as well.
The ‘Poor Dog’ Puppet
To increase fine motor skills and practice orally retelling a nursery rhyme
•Have the children decide what color they want to make their dog puppet and then give them that color construction paper.
•Next have them trace a dog head, chin, and two paw patterns onto the colored construction paper and then cut out the pieces.
•Now you need to use the smaller pieces of the construction paper to add eyes and a nose to the dog head or you can use colored markers
•Next you need to cut out a mouth from red construction paper and glue it to the chin of the dog
•Now glue the head and chin of the dog to a brown lunch sack so that you can open and close the dogs mouth to tell the nursery rhyme
•Glue the nursery rhyme onto the back of the puppet and use your puppet to tell the nursery rhyme to somebody else.
Peas, Bowls, Spoons
Practice identifying, copying and making AB, AAB, ABB, & ABC patterns.
The pattern activities can increase in difficulty which makes it a great project for a variety of children and parents.
•First you need to have pre-made cutouts and pattern strips available.
•Next you need to choose 1 pre-made pea, bowl, and/or spoon pattern strip
•Next you want to place the cutouts on top of the pattern strip, making the same pattern that is already on the strip.
•Now you want to continue making the same pattern off the edge of the strip.
•To double check your pattern go back to the beginning of the pattern and say either the color or letters for each pattern
You can also use the cutouts to create your own pattern. And then let an adult guess what your pattern is or you can discuss with them what kind of a pattern you made.